Executive Compensation Consultants Serving Public and Private Companies Worldwide.

Our Team

Senior Leadership

Our team is unparalleled in the business. Our senior professionals have tens of thousands of hours of experience in executive compensation consulting. We work with a wide variety of clients across industries and have been engaged in all types of situations.  We strive for innovative yet elegant solutions.  We love to sink our teeth into the most vexing issues.  While we’ve often “seen the movie before,” we will apply our accumulated experience, proven processes, and proprietary research to your unique situation to arrive at creative, tailored solutions that work.

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  • Robin A. Ferracone

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ms. Ferracone is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farient Advisors (Farient), a compensation and performance advisory firm. Farient helps clients make performance-enhancing and defensible decisions that are in the best interests of their shareholders. Ms. Ferracone provides compensation and performance advisory services to public and private companies.

    From March 2005 to March 2007, Ms. Ferracone was President of the Human Capital business of Mercer, a business which includes talent and compensation consulting, software, and data services globally. Prior to that, Ms. Ferracone was Chairman of the U.S. West Region for Mercer’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, market leader and Worldwide Partner at Mercer, and President and Chairman of SCA Consulting, a firm she co-founded in 1985 and sold to Mercer in 2001.

    With over 30 years of consulting experience, Ms. Ferracone has advised clients in the areas of business and talent strategies, executive compensation, organization, value management, and performance measurement. She is the author of the book entitled, “Fair Pay Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay.” Her work has focused on providing high-impact decision-making support and organizational solutions based on strategic and market insights. In addition, Ms. Ferracone has authored numerous articles and has been quoted often in national publications. She is currently a regular contributor to Forbes.com and Directorship Magazine. She has been a frequent presenter for prominent organizations, such as the Council of Institutional Investors, Society for Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and The Conference Board and testified before a Congressional sub-committee in Washington, D.C. regarding the salary of the President of the United States. In 2003, Ms. Ferracone received the World at Work Distinguished Service Award. She is a Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP), designated by WorldatWork.

    Ms. Ferracone currently serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Board of Trustees of Duke University, the Board of Directors of Trupanion, a public company, the Board of Trustees of Oaktree Capital Funds, and the Board of Directors of Enlight, a company that delivers strategically relevant, independent information to boards though an easy-to-use software application. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors, Committee for Economic Development, NACD, The Committee of 200, and the World Presidents’ Organization. For the past five years, Ms. Ferracone has been named to the NACD Directorship 100, the prestigious list of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom. In 2014, Ms. Ferracone was selected as one of EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women, a competition that annually recognizes female entrepreneurs.

    Ms. Ferracone received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar and a B.A. summa cum laude in Management Science and Economics from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She can be reached at robin.ferracone@farient.com.

    Read Ms. Ferracone’s Forbes.com blog post, ” Zynga’s Pre-IPO Compensation Misstep.”

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  • Dayna L. Harris

    Vice President

    Ms. Harris is a Vice President with Farient Advisors, and has over 20 years of experience providing advice on executive and Board compensation. She focuses on designing incentive programs that align compensation with business strategy and value creation for shareholders.

    Ms. Harris’ experience includes advising boards and senior management of public and private companies across a variety of industries. This involves her working with management and boards to reach a consensus on program design that is effective within the context of a company’s organization structure and situation. Further, her incentive design work focuses on identifying the appropriate incentive structures, performance measures, and approaches for goal-setting.

    Prior to joining Farient Advisors, Ms. Harris was a Principal at Semler Brossy Consulting Group, and previously held other executive compensation consulting roles at Sibson & Company, SCA Consulting, and Mercer, as well as an investment analysis and portfolio management position at an investment firm.

    Ms. Harris has been a speaker on pay and performance, disclosure and regulatory topics for the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), the Council of Institutional Investors, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and WorldatWork. She is a member of NASPP, the Council of Institutional Investors, and WorldatWork.

    Ms. Harris holds an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree, both from San Diego State University. She can be reached at dayna.harris@farient.com.

    Read Ms. Harris’ white paper “Say on Pay: Identifying Investor Concerns,” which she co-authored with Ms. Ferracone.

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  • Lori Miller

    Vice President

    Lori Miller is a Vice President with Farient Advisors. She has over 25 years of experience in performance measurement, executive compensation strategy, and value management consulting working with large FORTUNE companies, privately-held companies, and smaller emerging growth companies. Ms. Miller is responsible for advising clients on compensation strategies that link to shareholder value creation and company’s strategic goals. Ms. Miller works with companies across multiple industries including Financial, Consumer Products, Retailing, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Industrial, internet, and service firms.

    Prior to joining Farient, Ms. Miller was a Principal with LM&A, Ltd. and Principal and Co-Leader of the Value-Based Management Practice for SCA Consulting. Ms. Miller’s experience also includes Managing Director Strategic Marketing and Director of Business Strategy for GATX Corporation, a rail leasing and logistics company.

    Ms. Miller speaks on value-based management, performance measurement and compensation issues. She was a major contributor to writing Value Based Management – Developing a Systematic Approach to Creating Shareholder Value (by James A. Knight, McGraw-Hill).

    Ms. Miller holds an M.B.A from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where she was an elected member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and a BS, Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. She can be reached at lori.miller@farient.com.

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  • Randi Caplan

    Vice President of Marketing & Business Development

    Ms. Caplan is Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Farient Advisors. She works closely with Farient’s senior leadership to build visibility through high touch integrated marketing programs. Ms. Caplan also identifies and furthers growth opportunities for the Firm with private equity and Fortune 500 companies as well as institutional investors. She focuses on positioning the Firm’s executive pay and performance alignment services and providing boards of directors with effective ways to communicate with shareholders.

    Prior to Farient Advisors, Ms. Caplan held marketing roles of increasing responsibility with Ernst & Young Consulting and Cap Gemini, and most recently was the Technology Marketing Leader for Deloitte Consulting.

    With more than 18 years of experience in professional services marketing and business development, Ms. Caplan is known for extensive lead generation and global research programs. Her innovative research initiatives have involved CFO Research, Corporate Board Member, and CIO Enterprises. She has also designed, developed, and launched comprehensive lead generation programs with JD Edwards, Oracle, and IBM.

    Ms. Caplan studied hotel restaurant management and marketing at the University of Denver and holds a BA in English literature from California State University Northridge.

    Ms. Caplan works in Farient’s Los Angeles and New York offices. She can be reached at randi.caplan@farient.com.

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  • Eric B. Hoffmann

    Vice President and Leader, Information Services

    Eric Hoffmann is Vice President and Leader, Information Services for Farient Advisors. In this role, he develops and leads the technology and product strategy, data services, and research for the firm as it relates to operational capabilities, partnerships and client delivery. Mr. Hoffmann has been instrumental in developing the next generation of Farient’s Performance Alignment Reports™ (PARs™), that help clients quickly assess the alignment of executive pay and organizational performance.

    Mr. Hoffmann has extensive experience in executive compensation and performance. From March 2005 to January 2011, Mr. Hoffmann was the Technology Solutions Delivery Leader and a partner at Mercer.  Supporting Mercer’s compensation and benefits data and analytics business, Mr. Hoffmann and his global, cross-disciplinary team delivered leading-edge SaaS-based client-facing and operationally driven data analytics solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffmann was a principal at Mercer and led a software development team in the same business domain.

    With over 20 years of human resource technology and data analytics experience, Mr. Hoffmann’s work focuses on creating and delivering information and decision support to boards of directors, human resource professionals and investors. Mr. Hoffmann’s work, using data analytics and visualization, creates compelling narratives that lead to business insight and defensible decisions for his clients.

    Mr. Hoffmann holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science and mathematics from Purdue University and a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He can be reached at eric.hoffmann@farient.com.

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  • John V. Trentacoste

    Director

    Mr. Trentacoste is a Director with Farient Advisors responsible for the project management of various client engagements. Mr. Trentacoste works closely with client management teams and Compensation Committees to develop work plans, perform analyses, and develop findings and conclusions.

    Prior to joining Farient, Mr. Trentacoste worked as an associate at Lyons, Benenson & Company (LB&Co.), a compensation and governance consultancy in New York. At LB&Co., Mr. Trentacoste was responsible for the development of client analyses and reports and creating incentive compensation plan components that clearly linked pay and performance. Mr. Trentacoste was also a member of LB&Co.’s Special Situations Team, which provided advice and counsel to the portfolio companies of various private equity and hedge funds. Prior to joining LB&Co., Mr. Trentacoste worked as an analyst on the equity sales trading of Citi Global Markets and Banking and held Series 7 and 63 licenses.

    Mr. Trentacoste currently serves as Chairman of the Junior Board of Directors of the Alan T. Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis and has co-chaired the Foundation’s junior gala for the past two years.

    Mr. Trentacoste holds a B.A. from Cornell University and completed a post-baccalaureate business certificate program at Columbia University. He can be reached at john.trentacoste@farient.com.

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  • Thomas Lee

    Manager

    Thomas Lee is a Manager with Farient Advisors.  He has over five years of experience in the area of executive compensation and employee benefits for both public and private companies, as well as non-profit organizations.

    Mr. Lee’s primary focus is on executive and board compensation program design, due diligence support in corporate transactions, risk analytics and management of corporate governance issues related to executive compensation in the post-Dodd-Frank environment.

    Mr. Lee’s past experience includes assessment of compensation elements in form and size for reasonableness; design of short-term and long-term incentive plans; preparation of proxy and public filing disclosure materials; analysis of proxy advisor policies on various pay governance issues; compliance review of employment and severance agreements, bonus plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and other compensation arrangements, including compliance with sections 162(m) and 409A of the Code; compliance review of retirement plans including defined benefit, 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans; review of employee fringe and welfare benefit plans for tax compliance; payroll tax advisory on equity and equity-based compensation; and parachute payment analysis under section 280G of the Code.  Mr. Lee also helps non-profit clients develop rebuttable presumption of reasonableness in their executive and board compensation under section 4958 of the Code.

    Prior to joining Farient, Mr. Lee was a Manager of Compensation and Benefits with BDO Seidman, primarily serving clients in the oil and gas industry.  His clients included exploration and production companies, pipeline and transportation companies, gathering and processing companies, as well as companies in the refinery and distribution business.

    Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.  He is a licensed attorney in the State of California and an active member of Tax Section of local Bar Associations. He can be reached at thomas.lee@farient.com.